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[oks-brij]Chiefly British
  1. Oxford or Cambridge University, or both, especially in contrast with the redbrick universities of England.
  2. upper-class intellectual life in England, as felt to be under the influence of Oxford and Cambridge universities: a bitter attack on Oxbridge by the younger writers.
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  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of Oxford and Cambridge, or of upper-class, intellectual traditions or manners associated with these universities: a career formerly open only to Oxbridge graduates; to voice the proper Oxbridge sentiments.
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Historical Examples

  • In those days I little thought of settling down in Oxbridge.

    Seeing and Hearing

    George W. E. Russell

  • And also she was asking herself with futile reiteration why she had got into debt at Oxbridge?


    H. G. Wells

  • Then the world and Oxbridge joined again in a chorus of praise.

  • Oxbridge friend declines my invitation to "dine in Hall," and disappears.

  • When he became a member of ‘The Disciples,’ p. 57a mystic Oxbridge society, the fissure between us widened to a gulf.

British Dictionary definitions for oxbridge


    1. the British universities of Oxford and Cambridge, esp considered as ancient and prestigious academic institutions, bastions of privilege and superiority, etc
    2. (as modifier)Oxbridge graduates
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Word Origin and History for oxbridge


1849, a conflation of Oxford and Cambridge, used in reference to the characteristics common to the two universities.

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